Children, as young as 2 years old, can imitate the act of writing by creating drawings and mark on paper. Kids gain knowledge of and interest in writing as they are continually exposed to print and writing in their environment. For children who will be entering Kindergarten in the fall (who will be 5 on or before September 1, 2019) there are skills they should develop that will help them become familiar with writing tools and the ability to communicate through written representations, symbols and letters. Families can ensure a successful transition to Kindergarten by better understanding expectations.
Writing skills that pre-kinders can work on are:
- Holding a pencil, crayons and scissors correctly
- Drawing simple shapes
- Understanding that writing gives a message
- Drawing a picture to share my ideas
- Ability to write their first name